Katherine Mankiller


Bad Outline, No Biscuit
May 7, 2008, 11:34 am
Filed under: novels, writing mysticism

My novel has changed during the course of writing, which is okay. And I’ve updated the outline to reflect the changes. Sounds okay, right?
Only there’s a bit of a problem. My main POV character is away from all the action for several scenes. Ack! There’s a list of five to eight scenes in a row where the POV character isn’t her.
No, no, no. I can’t do that. I need to restructure things so she’s involved in the big bang finale. She is at A. She needs to be at B. In the original outline a bunch of stuff happened at B and she headed out to B to [spoiler redacted], but no, she needs to be involved in the stuff at B.
I may be junking a chapter or two. Sigh. Oh well, it’s more important to have it be good, right? Of course it is! Pay no attention to my wibbly lip at the thought of my decreased wordcount.


2 Comments

Sounds like your character is quite the unruly renegade. Maybe you should ask her opinion. 🙂
Seriously, if the character stubbornly wants to do other things, maybe you can just shuffle that stuff to another point in the story?
It’s too bad you can’t just give her an evil twin.

Comment by Julie

Julie,
I think it’s less that she stubbornly wants to do other things and more that she stubbornly insists on being in the same location as Other Character. Which means that Other Character needs to stay in B. Other Character leaving B is a plot point from the original short story, but it might not work any more.

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